Tim nominated for top radio documentary award

Tim Samuels has been nominated for UK radio documentary of the year - at the Radio Academy's ARIAS awards (formerly the Sony's).

'Tim Samuels' Sleepover: Inside the Israeli Hospital' - which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 - has been shortlisted for the best factual storytelling award. 

The programme follows the extraordinary story of Israel treating Syrians wounded in its civil war - despite the two countries technically still being at war with each other.



Book launch photos for Who Stole My Spear?

Photos released for the London launch of Who Stole My Spear?, by Tim Samuels. Featured guests include Jemima Khan, Professor Green, Angus Deayton, Nigella Lawson, Mariella Frostrup, Robert Peston, David Baddiel, Martha Ward, Martin Lewis, Henrietta Conrad, Michael Crick.

Radio 4 series on Disruptors

Tim Samuels hosts a BBC Radio 4 series - Breakfast With The Disruptors - that explores upstarts who are promising to revolutionise different sectors and how we live.

The three-part series looks at disruption around property, finance and death.


BBC documentary - Israel treating Syrians

Hear Tim's BBC Radio 4 documentary about the Israeli hospital treating wounded Syrians...

Tim Samuels' Sleepover: Inside the Israeli Hospital



Tim Samuels spends twenty-four hours immersed in an extraordinary medical scene - Israeli doctors tending to Syrians who have been smuggled over the border for life-saving treatment into a country Syria istechnically still at war with.

In the Ziv hospital in the northern Israeli town of Safed, Tim follows two doctors on their rounds as they treat Syrians - both civilians and fighters - who have been seriously wounded in their country's civil war. Unable to get proper medical attention at home, they are amongst several thousand Syrians who have headed to the border and into Israel for treatment. Tim meets a Syrian man shot during conflict; once his leg has been repaired he intends to head back to rejoin the fight.

On the children's ward, a mother who has brought her son for treatment describes how her trip to Israel must remain a secret - or she fears she could be killed when they return. On the Syrian border, Tim sees two badly wounded fighters smuggled into Israel by the IDF as they are rushed to Ziv for emergency attention. 

In the hospital - staffed by Jewish, Muslim and Druze medics - the doctors talk about the psychological toll of treating the war wounded. A hospital social worker describes waking up repeatedly through the night at home to check that his young son wasn't injured. The doctors at Ziv say they hope their work is at least a sliver of humanity in a dark region.

Tim explores what motivations might underpin Israel's assistance to those coming from enemy territory - and how such an unusual situation, even by Middle Eastern standards, has come about.

The Drone Kill List - on NatGeo channel

On the National Geographic channel... What's it like to be on the drone kill list - of targeted assassinations? Tim Samuels has been to Pakistan to meet a guy the US has fired 3 drones at who says he's innocent - and try to get some sense in DC. See an excerpt here, with Tim talking to a former US military officer: